Strangeland

strangeland cover

Art Cover
The picture was taken by Alex Lake, on the seafront at Bexhill-on-Sea in East Sussex (UK). This is a reference to the album track Sovereign Light Café, which pays homage
to the seafront café on Bexhill Parade where the band would meet as teenagers.

Consultancy Tourist has designed the cover. ‘We wanted the Strangeland sleeve to come across as quite familiar yet abstract at the same time. One of the band’s favourite images was a view of some apartmentsntaken from the shoreline, which was shot at first light when only one or two lights were visible in the apartments. To add to the surreal nature of the cover, some of the buildings either side were digitally retouched out.’ (Tourist creative director Rob Chenery, designweek.co.uk)

  1. You Are Young
  2. Silenced By The Night
  3. Disconnected
  4. Watch How You Go
  5. Sovereign Light Cafe
  6. On The Road
  7. The Starting Line
  8. Black Rain
  9. Neon River
  10. Day Will Come
  11. In Your Own Time
  12. Sea Fog

Date de sortie internationale : 7 mai 2012
Date de sortie USA/Canada : 7 mai 2012

Notes : L’album s’est classé n°1 des ventes au Royaume-Uni dès la première semaine.

VERSION DELUXE

Tracklist : Inchangée
+ Bonus Tracks :
13.Strangeland
14.Run With Me
15. The Boys
16. It’s Not True
 

Packaged in a hardback A4 size coffee table book, the Deluxe Box Set includes:

  • Strangeland deluxe edition CD album.
  • DVD featuring five live performances, album trailers and behind the scenes footage.
  • The 20+ page book features exclusive photos from the making of the album, taken by Alex Lake.

SINGLE – SILENCED BY THE NIGHT

Tracklist :

  1. Silenced by the night
  2. Myth

Date de sortie : 13 mars 2012 ; 15 avril 2012 (UK)

Notes : Single sorti en téléchargement uniquement. « Myth » est également un titre présent sur les versions japonaises et Itune US de l’album.

SINGLE – DISCONNECTED

Tracklist :

  1. Disconnected

Date de sortie : 27 avril 2012 (Allemagne, Suisse et Autriche)

Notes : Single sorti en téléchargement uniquement

SINGLE – SOVEREIGN LIGHT CAFE

Tracklist :

  1. Sovereign light café
  2. Difficult Child

Date de sortie : 16 juillet 2012

Notes : Single sorti en téléchargement uniquement

Chansons

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes/Quin

Fearful child have faith in brighter days
Stay home ’til this darkness fades away
Lie still beside me
I’ll hold you now, I’ll hold you forever

Winter’s hand will freeze your heart again
Doors will close, no time to start again
Nothing is given
Except the ties that hold us together

Lay down your load
Cause every day it’s gonna grow
And bask in the sunshine
Try to pay no mind
Try to pay no mind at all

To all the things that you don’t know
You’ve got time to realize you’re shielded by the hands of love
Cause you are young

Fading light may make a fool of me
Courage fails, strengths slip away from me
Lie still beside me
And hold me now, and hold me forever

Lay down your load
Cause every day it’s gonna grow
These days are sacred
Hey now, don’t be scared
Baby, don’t be scared at all

Of all the things that you don’t know
You’ve got time to realize you’re shielded by the hands of love
Cause you are young
You’ve got time, you’ve got to try
To bring some good into this world
Cause you are young
Cause you are young

Oh-oh-oh…

Cause you are young

A PROPOS

The song title first appeared in Tim’s head as he simultaneously lost and found himself among a huge crowd of music lovers at Glastonbury. It was the realization that « you’re never too old to
feel those moments of epiphany ».

« This is quite a philosophical song. I think more than anything it’s a message to myself to try and stay young at heart. It definitely feels like a message to my daughter too, in places. And also from the beginning it always made me think of standing in a crowd at a festival, a huge mass of people united by a feeling of bliss and freedom, which are things that are most easily associated with being young – as you get older it gets harder to find that feeling, and I love the idea that music can lift us out of ourselves, make us forget our everyday troubles, make us feel young. I also think the line ‘You’ve got to bring some good into this world’ pretty much sums up my view of being a human being – I kind of feel that bringing some good into the world is about the best thing you can hope to do in life. I’d say it’s the reason we make music. » (Tim, keanemusic.com)

 

 

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes/Quin

In a city like mine, there’s no point in fighting
I close my eyes, see you and me driving
If I am a river, you are the ocean
Got the radio on, got the wheels in motion

We were silenced by the night
But you and I, we’re gonna rise again
Divided from the light
I wanna love the way we used to then

I lie in the dark, I feel I’m falling
Feel your hand on my back, hear your voice calling
I’m out of my depth girl, stick close to me
Because the people in this town, they look straight through me

We were silenced by the night
But you and I, we’re gonna rise again
Divided from the light
I wanna love the way we used to then

Cause baby I’m not scared of this world when you’re here
And baby I’m not scared of this world when you’re here

Oh, oh, oh
You and I we’re gonna rise again
Oh, oh, oh
You and I, we’re gonna rise again
We were silenced by the night
But you and I, we’re gonna rise again
Divided from the light
I wanna love the way we used to then

A PROPOS

I had been watching Peter Bogdanovich’s fantastically inspiring documentary about Tom Petty, and I was interested in the way he often uses the same chord sequence over and over again, changing the melody over the top to make different sections (U2 do this a lot too!). Anyway, when you’re doing this intensive writing thing you have to grab at inspirations quickly so I thought I would try the repeating chord thing, and that became the hypnotic piano riff in Silenced By The Night. I think the pace of it instinctively made it feel like a ‘driving’ song, and I’ve always loved driving at night, so the verse lyrics came from that. I couldn’t find a phrase for the chorus and was running out of time, so I looked over the back of the piano and say a copy of Patrick Humphries’ biography of Nick Drake. I remembered a passage in it about how when people get very depressed things can seem utterly hopeless in the middle of the night, but then when the morning comes life seems a little more manageable again. So the idea of trying to make it through the night to the dawn became the chorus of the song. (Tim, keanemusic.com)

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes/Quin

Something’s crept in under our door
Silence soaking through the floor
Pinching like a stone in my shoe
Some chemical is breaking down the glue
That’s been binding me to you

Oooh ooh ooh

I feel like I just don’t know you anymore
But I’ve been burned and I’ve been wrong so many times
We walk in circles
The blind leading the blind

Well I thought that love watched over this house
But you’re boarding up the windows now
We’ve been leaning on each other so hard
Tied so tight we wound up miles apart
Making simple things so hard

Oooh ooh ooh

I feel like I just don’t know you anymore
But I’ve been burned and I’ve been down so many times
We walk in circles
The blind leading the blind
We’ve been disconnected somehow

There’s an invisible wall between us now
But I’ve been wrong and I’ve been down so many times
We walk in circles
The blind leading the blind

I see the landscape change before my eyes
The features I’ve been navigating by
No nothing looks the way it did before
I don’t know where to look or what to look for

I feel like I just don’t know you anymore
But I’ve been burned and I’ve been down so many times
We walk in circles
The blind leading the blind
We’ve been disconnected somehow

There’s an invisible wall between us now
But I’ve been wrong and I’ve been down so many times
We walk in circles
The blind leading the blind
We’ve been disconnected somehow

There’s an invisible wall between us now

A PROPOS

Tim wrote this track when he was driving up the West Coast of America. « I suspect it may have had its origins in some argument or other with my wife, but I can’t remember! But since that no doubt passed very quickly, I think the song has quite a jaunty feel to it, not too weighed down by its lyrical content! I think it’s quite Beatles-y in that respect – sad words with a very ‘happy’ melody. I like the imagery of a relationship being like a decrepit house, especially the line about boarding up the windows. » (Tim, keanemusic.com)

 

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes/Quin

The more we rush about, the less we do,
I never saw you drift away.
The more we spin around, the less we move,
I never saw your spirit break.

I wish that I could be your journey’s end
But you are only passing through, yeah.
It’s not for me to try to steer your way,
I wish you well in all you do.

Just say you’ll watch how you go,
Be gracious with your light
And may the years be kind now.
Just say you’ll mind how you roam,
The things that we have shared
Will soon be left behind now.

I hope you know that you’re a graceful soul,
You fill the room with hope and light.
It’s only right that you should go your way,
Cause nothing ever lasts that long.

Just say you’ll watch how you go,
Be gracious with your light
And may the years be kind now.
Just say you’ll mind how you roam,
The things that we have shared
Will soon be left behind now.
Behind now… behind now… behind now.

Just say you’ll watch how you go,
Be gracious with your light
And may the years be kind now.
Just say you’ll mind how you roam,
The things that we have shared
Will soon be left behind now.

Oooo, oooo, oooo, oooo, oooo,
The things that we have shared,
Will still remain behind now.

A PROPOS

« This was a bit of a breakthrough song for me, in that it’s a
break-up song that isn’t about anger or even regret, but more about acceptance and trying to handle loss with a bit of grace and
understanding. I don’t think I’ve managed to articulate that before. I love the fact that we’ve kept it very simple and sparse and resisted the urge to ‘go to town’ with the recording of it. » (Tim, keanemusic.com)

Tom recalled that the first time he heard this heroic ballad, after Tim sent it to him, he interpreted it as a bittersweet friendship song and wondered « if it was about me. » « But then, that’s a quality that Tim’s best songs have, » he added. « They feel personal to your situation, but then, when you take them out onto the road you realise that’s how everyone feels. » (Tom, RAM Entertainment)

 

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes/Quin

I’m going back to a time when we owned this town
Down Powdermill lane and the Battle grounds
We were friends and lovers and clueless clowns

I didn’t know I was finding out how I’d be torn from you
When we talked about things we were gonna do
We were wide-eyed dreamers and wiser too

We’d go down to the rides on east parade,
By the lights of the palace arcade
And watch night coming down on the Sovereign Light Café

I’m begging you for some sign, but you’ve still got nothing to say
Don’t turn your back on me, don’t walk away
I’m a better man now than I was that day.

Let’s go down to the rides on east parade,
By the lights of the palace arcade
And watch night coming down on the Sovereign Light Café

Let’s go down to the bandstand on the pier
Watch the drunks and the lovers appear
To take turns as the stars of the Sovereign Light Café

I wheel my bike off the train,
Up the North Trade Road.
And look for you on Marley Lane
In every building, in every street sign
Oh, why did we ever go
So far from home?

Well, you got nothing to hide, you can’t change who you really are,
You can get a big house and a faster car
You can run away, boy, but you won’t go far.

Let’s go down to the rides on east parade,
By the lights of the palace arcade
And watch night coming down on the Sovereign Light Café

Let’s go down to the bandstand on the pier
Watch the drunks and the lovers appear
To take turns as the stars of the Sovereign Light Café

Sha la la la la la la dee lay, yeah,
I’m going where the people know my name

[* All the street names are in the village of Battle.]

A PROPOS

This song finds Keane recalling their early days together when the then teenage trio were in the habit of strolling down the Bexhill seafront on England’s south coast and drinking tea at the Sovereign Light Café.
« It’s about a place we used to go to in (nearby) Bexhill,there’s a lot of hope on this album. Sovereign Light Café is about getting back to the start, a time when we were talking about all the great stuff we were going to do with our lives. » (Tim, Q magazine)

« I had a sketch of the melody on a cassette and was listening to it on a flight into Mexico in 2009. I couldn’t come up with any words, but then I was sitting in a bus on the way from Sao Paulo airport to our hotel and suddenly the name of the old cafe on Bexhill seafront came into my head.
I had actually always wanted to write a song with that title – when I
was about 16 I remember being on holiday with Richard (Hughes, drums) and having a song that went ‘Sovereign Light Cafe, down by the sea, go there with me’ or something… it was a crap song! Anyway after a gap of many years the phrase popped back into my head and unlocked this idea of looking back to the beginning and trying to work out what had happened to me, and to us, over the last 15 years or so.I remember doing a demo of the song on the tourbus, and because I wanted to sing the vocal without disturbing anyone I sat in the back of the bus with a duvet over my head to muffle the sound. The glamour! » (Tim, keanemusic.com)

 

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes/Quin

Have you been feeling that pull?
And are you hearing that call?
‘Cause you’ve got everything that you need to make a start

I had a dream of my own
Just walking out of my home
And going I don’t know where to sing beneath the stars

Your whole life lies ahead
It’s just around the bend

So when the sun is coming up and you go
And there’s still so many things you don’t know
Don’t you look back, I’ve no doubt that I
Will see you on the road

When the world’s laying you low
Why don’t you let me carry your load?
When things get bad you know you have a friend
All along the road

And I would love it sometime
If you would walk at my side
Going I don’t know where to sleep beneath the stars

If in your life you need a hand
Reaching the promised land

So when the sun is coming up and you go
And there’s still so many things you don’t know
Don’t you look back, I’ve no doubt that I
Will see you on the road

When the world’s laying you low
Why don’t you let me carry your load?
When things get bad you know you have a friend
All along the road
All along the road

Golden light lies ahead
It’s just around the bend

So when the sun is coming up and you go
And there’s still so many things you don’t know
Don’t you look back, I’ve no doubt that I
Will see you on the road

When the world’s laying you low
Why don’t you let me carry your load?
When things get bad you know you have a friend
All along the road

So when the sun is coming up and you go
And there’s still so many things you don’t know
Don’t you look back, I’ve no doubt that I
Will meet you on the road

When the world’s laying you low
Don’t you let it rattle your bones
Sometimes a dream itself can keep you safe
All along the road
All along the road
All along the road
All along the road

 

A PROPOS

This song about ignoring fear of the unknown and going on an adventure.

This is the last song I wrote for the album. It started off feeling a bit more country, but gradually got more and more energetic. It’s one of my favourites – I love the optimism of it. The feeling of being on an adventure, sleeping under the stars and so on is all stuff that I love – I had just been reading Woody Guthrie’s Bound For Glory. And I think it has some of the grace and acceptance that recur in Watch How You Go and In Your Own Time. It’s already a real highlight of the set when we play it live. (Tim, keanemusic.com)

 

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes/Quin

This town was a lovers’ stage, but now you can’t recognise
The street lights that are daggers to your eyes

You can’t find your bearings, you’re slipping into the ground
This scene has no color and no sound

Do you still believe in me after the things I’ve done?
Do you fear for what we have become?

The ground is uneven, we stumble from day to day
But shelter where it’s easy
I know your feet are like lead but you’ve gotta get underway

Drag your heart up to the starting line
Forget the ghosts that make you old before your time
It’s too easy to get left behind
I know you’ve been kicked around
But tie up your thoughts and lay them down on me

Each heart is a paper kite blown around by the breeze
But love won’t rest till it brings you to your knees

Some find it easy, some will never even know
You think you’ve done your journey
Then you stumble and find that there’s such a long way to go.

Drag your heart up to the starting line
Forget the ghosts that make you old before your time
It’s too easy to get left behind
I know you’ve been kicked around
You wanna be lost and not be found
Let’s take the back way into town
And drink to the bad times, lay them down on me

Girl I still believe in you, you’re too good to fall so low
We’re gonna find a better life I know
Things will be clearer, and soon as we make a start
We’ll be that much nearer
We’re too old to just stand here waiting to break apart

Drag your heart up to the starting line
Forget the ghosts that make you old before your time
It’s too easy to get left behind
I know you’ve been kicked around
But tie up your thoughts and lay them down on me, on me, on me

A PROPOS

« I like the idea of having to almost make a physical effort to get back on track sometimes,if you get really low or
things just aren’t going right. It’s a very sympathetic song, and I
think it a good articulation of the human sympathy that is a big part of what ties the album together. » (Tim, keanemusic.com)

 

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes/Quin

I open my eyes, everything shines
We swim as the breeze blows down the coast
Down on my luck, breathing my last
Dirty your hands, carry me home

Red sky turning round, black rain falling down
If you’ve got love you’d better hope that that’s enough
Sandstorm cuts your skin, Black Kites circling
If you’ve got love you’d better hope that that’s enough

We came from the south to Lebanon shore
Folded our clothes, dived into peace
The blackest of seas glittering red
Lit by the fire over our heads

Red sky turning round, black rain falling down
If you’ve got love you’d better hope that that’s enough
Sandstorm cuts your skin, Sunbirds circling
If you’ve got love you’d better hope that that’s enough

You’d better hope that that’s enough

A PROPOS

« This is a very impressionistic song, written very quickly and drawing on imagery from Ari Folman’s amazing animated movie Waltz With Bashir. Every album of ours has a song on it that talks about war, and on Strangeland this is the song. I feel the tone of the song, a bit like the movie, is more about trying to understand, and seeing things from a very human point of view – which is in keeping with the atmosphere of the album as a whole. It’s one of the pieces of music of which we’re most proud. » (Tim, keanemusic.com)

 

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes/Quin

Well, you were happy where you were
But that girl she reeled you in
This town was never good enough
‘Cause she was gonna see everything
And if you ever spoke of love
She just smiled and put you down
‘Cause she was making all the plans
She had a vision of light and sound

She said the neon on the river will light my way
And all the things that we’ve been dreaming of, we’ll make it real one day
So save your money, pack your bag
We better run before we disappear
She took the train into the city but you’re still here

You hear a song that takes you back
To some long forgotten night
And friends who said they had your back
But they just turned and ran and let you fight
And on the bowling alley wall
You used all your smartest lines
But they’ve been painted over now
Looks like you’re gonna get left behind

She said the neon on the river will light my way
And all the things that we’ve been dreaming of, we’ll make them real one day
So save your money, pack your bag
I want to run with you on Stamford Hill
She took the train into the city but you stood still

You stood still above the track
You knew as you watched her go
That she was never coming back
You stop to places that you know
You said you were scared of heights
And that you didn’t want to go
Where everyone else goes

She said the neon on the river will light my way
And everything that we’ve been dreaming of, we’ll make it real one day
So save your money, pack your bag
We better run before we disappear
She took the train into the city but you’re still here
She took the train into the city but you’re still here

A PROPOS

« When I was a teenager I went out with a girl who seemed to have so much confidence and had all these plans and dreams about seeing the world and doing lots of great stuff. Deep down I always felt too scared to go anywhere or do anything, a source of much shame to me. So I felt somewhat left behind. I think I’m still haunted by that feeling even now. But I’ve always loved being by the Thames, and seeing the lights of the City of London and the South Bank reflected in the water. » (Tim, keanemusic.com)

 

PAROLES Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes/Quin The winter night has wrapped a rag around your eyes And stolen your sight Oh you seem so far away I hope you’ll find your way back someday I miss you, I miss you Some days set your world on fire And some days they sink like stones That’s when your heart will cry out Until your body is numb And the night will try to tempt you But the day will come We dream hard, we shoot high Sometimes our fingers graze the sky But we can’t hold on Some days set your world on fire And some days they sink like stones That’s when your heart will cry out Until your body is numb And the night will try to tempt you But the day will come Brother don’t hang your head Until your distance is run ‘Cause though it seems so far away You know the day will come Some days set your world on fire And some days they sink like stones That’s when your heart will cry out Until your body is numb And the night will try to tempt you But the day will come Brother don’t hang your head Until your distance is run Because though it seems so far away You know the day will come A PROPOS « I started it in about 2005. The theme is similar to ‘Silenced By The Night,’ and it’s very uplifting and optimistic. I love the line ‘sometimes our fingers graze the sky but we can’t hold on.’ The theme of chasing a dream through life, trying to navigate the strange land your dreams lead you into, is the underlying theme of the record, and I think that line sums it up pretty nicely. » (Tim, keanemusic.com)

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes/Quin

You’ve got nowhere to go
Got no way out of this hole
Got no one to say it’s all just the way things are
Wouldn’t it be good
To look into a brighter day
It’s just the way things are

In your own time
There’s no map to guide our way
So I say nothing, you say nothing
In your own way
Thought I could help you find your place
But I’m as lost as you are lost these days

Oh wouldn’t it be fine
To close your eyes and see something
Something more than this

In your own time
There’s no map to guide our way
So I say nothing, you say nothing
In your own way
Thought I could help you find your place
But I’m as lost as you are lost
It’s not the way

Things are going to change, you know
The battles you have fought won’t go to waste, you know
The things are gonna change,
It just takes time

In your own time
There’s no map to guide our way
So I say nothing, you say nothing
In your own way
Thought I could help you find your place
But I’m as lost as you are lost
It’s just the way
It’s just the way
It’s just the way
It’s just the way

A PROPOS

 « I think the emotional content of this one is quite representative of the whole album – the story is basically ‘I’ve realized that I have no idea what’s going on in life, so I’m not going to judge anyone else!’ I feel it has an atmosphere of sympathy and grace. » (Tim, keanemusic.com)

 

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes/Quin

The sun bleeds in,
Hear the magpies sing for sorrow
It makes things better
Maybe we’ll get to spread
Our wings tomorrow
If luck will let us
Can anyone fly into these grey skies?
Is there somewhere I’m meant to be?

Sea fog comes like a river
Rolls a stone it’s rolling me

I missed my turn,
In the dark I hear your voice
It makes things easy
I’ve strayed too far from the road
Wish you could always make things easy
And I won’t fight through the rising tide
If that’s the way it has to be

Sea fog comes like a river
Rolls a stone it’s rolling me
Sea fog comes like a river
Rolls a stone it’s rolling me

Sea fog rolling
Sea fog rolling
Sea fog rolling

A PROPOS

Tim took inspiration « from the fogs that come rolling in off the English Channel down the valley where I live. »

« Even on a sunny day you’ll look out of the window and suddenly you can’t see anything apart from blank mist. It’s spooky. » (…) Life is not that straightforward, it’s unpredictable and uncertain and painted in shades of grey rather than being simple black-and-white.(…) « The nagging feeling of ‘Is there somewhere I’m meant to be?’ is a feeling that I think haunts a lot of people as they get a little older, » he said, « and the feeling of being ‘rolled’ along by life is part of being human I think. » (Tim, keanemusic.com)

 

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes/Quin

Lover I remember
Laying out a map
Throwing our possessions
In the van

Your tapes piled on the backseat
And a camera in your hand
Dressed for our arrival
In the Strangeland

Strangeland blind
You got no reason, you got no rhyme
You give no time
To put things right [x2]

You drove across the border
As the winter rains ran dry
And only fateful birdsong
Filled the sky

You threw your head back screaming
As we raced across wet sand
And lept into the waters
Of the Strangeland

Strangeland blind
You got no reason, you got no rhyme
You give no time
To put things right [x2]

You wound the rope around me
And you pulled the knots in tight
And shook me like a bad dream
From your sight

And now the things I’ve done to forget you
Well it’s not what I had planned
The sweetest thoughts get twisted
In the Strangeland

Strangeland blind
You got no reason, you got no rhyme
You give no time to put things right
To put things-

Strangeland dreams
You tore my baby away from me
We get no time
To put things right [x2]

You give no time
To put things right [x4]

A PROPOS

 

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes/Quin

Well you could write it in the dirt girl
Write it on a ten pound note
Everything that I have learned so far
Nothing’s worth knowing till you know your part

Times are getting leaner
If ever you were on my side
Oh how I wish that you were stood here now
Leading me to shelter when the night comes down

« Baby » you said, « We’re not ever gonna go home. »
And « Baby, will you run with me wherever I go? »

Well it’s the pressure of the years girl
Burning little holes in love
Till we make every little thing so hard
Nothing comes easy to a cage-like heart

Now the light is failing
If ever you were at my side
Then love I need you to be stood there now
Down to the wire where the bad ones go

« Baby » you said, « We’re not ever gonna go home. »
And « Baby, will you run with me wherever I go? »
Well maybe those words never really mattered at all
But lately those words run with me wherever I go.

« Baby » you said, « We’re not ever gonna go home. »
And « Baby, will you run with me wherever I go? »

« Baby » you said, « We’re not ever gonna go home. »
And « Baby, will you run with me wherever I go? »

A PROPOS

 

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes/Quin

The boys are grinning from the photograph
It’s Friday night and they’re trying so hard
The sun is dropping and they want to go
Driving into town to see some girls they know

The boys, blazing on a summer night
Girls they want to watch them ride
Is that the way it was before?
Cause I don’t remember
Boys, friends at every bar in town
Running all the good days down
Is that the way it was before?
Cause I don’t remember

We felt like fighters when we caught the plane
Until that day we’d never heard its name
We did some things we didn’t understand
And now we feel like strangers in our own land

The boys, blazing on a summer night
Girls they want to watch them fight
Is that the way it was before?
Cause I can’t remember
Boys, friends at every bar in town
Running all the good days down
Is that the way it was before?
Cause I can’t remember

This photograph, I hold it when I sleep
Cause people soon stop asking
When I cannot explain what I have seen
And at the bars in town
All the boys in town
Are running all the good days down
Running all the good days down
Running all the good days down
All the good days down

A PROPOS

 

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes/Quin

You’ve been watching dawn from the gutter
Trading one bad move for another
It’s been a stormy night but it’s almost through

Friends you once loved don’t know you
Even your own eyes don’t know you
You think this whole world’s trying to bury you
But it’s not true

So don’t you say
There’s something in your core that can’t be saved
Cause it’s not true
And every atom of my heart is missing you

Well it’s OK to be scared when
You’re stuck behind a door that won’t open
The shadows in your dreams that are chasing you
They’re not true

So don’t you say
There’s something in your core that can’t be saved
Cause it’s not true
And every atom of my heart is missing you

The good will come through
I wish that you could feel it the way you used to
I wish you could believe it the way you used to
The way you used to

A PROPOS

 

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes/Quin

You built it up brick by brick
Put your heart into this baseless myth
Nurtured it like a child
And dressed its wounds when it ran wild

You stopped to fix your face
Someone else stepped in and took your place
Now everything you once knew
Is running circles around you

A car door slamming in your road
It jolts you like a kick inside
A year old message on your phone
That catches you when you can’t hide

I see you in the service station sign
I see you in the supermarket line
I see you silhouetted on a wall
But I don’t see myself there at all

This vessel of Balsa wood
Is the fag end tail of amoeba-hood
The busying cast confer
And get their taste of the drama

You stare through mindless daytime shows
And curse yourself for growing old
The sterile scent of shaving foam
Reminds you of another world

I see you in the roofless sombre sky
I see you when the lovers stop outside
I see you silhouetted on a wall
But I don’t see myself there at all

I see you in the sweetness of our child
I see you in the supermarket aisle
I see you when I’m kneeling on the floor
But I can’t see myself anymore

Hard times got the upper hand
Stole our feeble plans
The faces, shot me, spin me round
But I won’t lie down

Hard times shake me to the bone
Face bruised, bloody nose
Shell shocked, crawling on the ground
Still I won’t lie down

No I won’t lie down
No I won’t lie down
I won’t lie down

A PROPOS

 

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes/Quin

Baby, I’ve been travelling so long
Searching for the things for which you ask,
Trying to make you think I could become
The things you want

Baby I’ve been working so hard
Scratching in the dirt and in the fire
Begging for the beautiful life
That you require

I know I’m like a difficult child
Screaming through the night
So, help me find the light
Without you I’m a broken down car
Rusting in the yard,
Still waiting for the part

Now finally I’m back in our road,
Crunching on the shingle in the drive,
Hungry for your love as I return,
But there’s no sign

I know I’m like a difficult child
Screaming through the night
So, help me find the light
Without you I’m a broken down car
Rusting in the yard,
Still waiting for the part

I thought that you’d be waiting like a soldier’s queen,
Gazing from your window, holding out for me
What a fool I’ve been again

I know I’m like a difficult child
Screaming through the night
So, help me find the light
Without you I’m a broken down car
Rusting in the yard,
Still waiting for the part

A PROPOS